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Meet Roy Cooper, stoic, unassuming "errand runner" for various New York criminals. Roy arrives in Los Angeles to shoot a man named Martin Shine a week after a powerful earthquake has knocked out cell service, buckled the freeways, and thrown L.A. into chaos. Roy doesn't know who Shine is or why he has to die, but he does his job and does it well. Except for one thing: after the hit, Roy can't find where he parked his car. Wandering the streets of North Hollywood, he stumbles upon a jogger getting mugged and beaten by four young gangbangers. Despite his attempt to simply put his head down and walk away, Roy winds up in the middle of another killing. Things get more complicated when the murdered jogger turns out to be a controversial mayoral candidate. Roy himself is shot twice, hospitalized in critical condition, and mistaken for a hero when a local resident leaks a video that goes viral.

Now meet the rest of the cast of characters, including Kelly Maguire, a disgraced LAPD detective with an anger management problem and strange feelings about L.A.'s newest hero; Science, the teenage gangbanger/shooter, who needs to keep Roy quiet about what he's seen; Mayor Miguel Santiago, who finds himself facing accusations that he's just had his opponent whacked; Albert Budin, Roy's onetime mentor and one of the scariest, creepiest characters in recent crime fiction; and myriad criminals, politicians, and cops who all need Roy to disappear--preferably forever.

Finally, meet Scott Frank, who has created not just one of the most entertaining novels of the year but also one of the most surprising. This first novel is fun and funny as well as moving and textured, nuanced and powerful. Shaker is the debut work of fiction by a major new storyteller.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2016
ISBN: 9780385350037
Branch Call Number: FIC Fran
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 14, 2017

I agree with ralwal.

Jan 23, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. a change of pace from most crime fiction. I would like to see more of the Kelly charactor in all her disfunctional glory. Maybe the reader will see her get herself together, maybe not. Over all well written. I will read his next story.

Jun 18, 2016

The first part about Roy Cooper was different and interesting. Then there was a switch where the story revolved around a bunch of young thugs, speaking "their language", which I found hard to understand. What's more I didn't care. The woman detective Kelly seems thoroughly unpleasant. In summary, I found this book completely unpleasant with unlike able characters..

May 27, 2016

Good first novel-lots of bad guys and angry cops. The ending hints there may be a sequel.

Mar 13, 2016

Roy Cooper prefers to remain under the radar -- after all, he's a hit man, best utilized when no one knows he's coming. In L.A. for a job, Roy comes to the rescue of a jogger being terrorized by a group of street thugs, but he isn't able to prevent the man's murder -- or the video of the scene going viral when it becomes clear that the victim was a candidate for mayor. Roy's hero treatment doesn't please everyone though, including his employers, a suspicious cop, and a figure from Roy's past. Dark, violent, and with vivid characterization, this debut from screenwriter Scott Frank (Get Shorty) also offers a complex plot and cutting social commentary.


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